**found in April 2012 Food and Wine Magazine
Total: 5 minutes plus 2 hours
Steeping-Makes 1 drink
Mixologist Kathy Casey of Kathy Casey Food Studios-Liquid Kitchen steeps vodka in English Breakfast tea for this drink. To sweeten it, she uses local honey ("a great way to customize your cocktails", she says)-specifically, the dark, fig-flavored honey from her studio's backyard hive underneath a fig tree.
12 ounces GF vodka
1 English Breakfast tea bag
2 thyme sprigs
1 1/2 oz. GF tea vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. honey mixed with 2 tsp. water
1. Make the tea vodka in a jar, combine the vodka with the English Breakfast tea bag. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, then discard the tea bag. (makes about 12 oz. The infused vodka can be kept covered at room temp. for up to 1 month)
2. Make the cocktail in a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle 1 of the thyme sprigs Add ice and the Tea Vodka, lemon juice and honey syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe and garnish with the remaining thyme sprig.
3. Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and cup of sugar to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar; let cool. The Simple Syrup can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 month. Makes about 12 oz.
Enjoy! xoxo Julie